Sgùrr a' Ghreadaidh

Sgùrr a' Ghreadaidh is the highest summit on the northern half of the Black Cuillin ridge on the Isle of Skye in Scotland. Like the rest of the range it is composed of gabbro, a rock that provides good grip for mountaineering.

Sgùrr a' Ghreadaidh
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Highest point
Elevation973 m (3,192 ft) [1]
Prominence124 m (407 ft) Edit this on Wikidata
Coordinates57°13′41″N 6°14′06″W / 57.22806°N 6.23500°W / 57.22806; -6.23500Coordinates: 57°13′41″N 6°14′06″W / 57.22806°N 6.23500°W / 57.22806; -6.23500
English translationPeak of Torment
Language of nameGaelic
PronunciationScottish Gaelic: [ˈs̪kuːrˠ ə ˈɣɾet̪ɪ]
Sgùrr a' Ghreadaidh is located in Isle of Skye
Sgùrr a' Ghreadaidh
Sgùrr a' Ghreadaidh
Location in Skye
LocationSkye, Scotland
Parent rangeCuillin
OS gridNG445232
Topo mapOS Landranger 32
First ascent1870, John Mackenzie and William Newton Tribe
Easiest routeScramble

This is one of the harder main Black Cuillin peaks to ascend. The simplest route ascends via the col of An Dorus (the Door), most easily reached from Glen Brittle; however, the immediate exit from An Dorus is a Grade 3 scramble and there is sustained scrambling of a lower grade on the north ridge leading to the summit. The south ridge leading towards Sgùrr Thormaid is also Grade 3, with few opportunities to descend safely for some considerable distance. The mountain has two summits, separated by a knife-edged arete. At the time of the first ascent, John MacKenzie was aged just 14. He had earlier repeated the ascent of Sgùrr nan Gillean aged 10. Mackenzie became the first British mountain guide and perhaps the most prolific of the pioneers of mountaineering in the Cuillin.


  1. ^ "walkhighlands Sgurr a'Ghreadaidh". 2013. Retrieved 14 October 2013.